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Restel Hotels offers hotel packages to the audiences of the ballet competition at a special rate:
Be quick and book your stay in Helsinki and the Helsinki International Ballet Competition 2016.
Stay in style right next to the National Opera, at the Crowne Plaza Helsinki, or book a comfortable room in the vicinity of the competition site at the new Cumulus Meilahti or Cumulus Kallio hotels.
Ballet Package includes one night stay in a double room, buffet breakfast as well as a ticket to competition.
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If you can not make it to the Finnish National Opera and Ballet and you still want to see the best parts of the IBC, we have good news for you! Yle streams the Ballet Competition as follows: Finals on May 31st & June 1st at 6.45 pm and the Gala performance on June 2nd at 7.15 pm. yle.fi/klassinen
The high point of the competition, the Gala and Awards Ceremony, takes place on June 2nd at the Finnish National Opera and Ballet Main auditorium. Audience favourites, Etoile dancer-choreographer Minna Tervamäki and Professor Jorma Uotinen host the evening.
In addition to the awarded dancers of the competition Iana Salenko (Helsinki IBC 2005 senior ladies’ winner) and Marian Walter (Helsinki IBC 2005 senior men 3rd prize), both Principal Dancers at the Berlin State Ballet, will be guesting in the Gala. The bright new Finnish star Ida Viikinkoski, sujet at the Paris Opera Ballet, will also perform in the Gala.
2.6.2016 at 19.30, at the Finnish National Opera and Ballet Main auditorium. Tickets starting from 50 €
Spend an unforgettable evening with the winners and the jury of the ballet competition at Culture Factory Korjaamo after the Gala performance on June 2nd, 2016 starting at 9.30 pm. The price of the ticket is 50 € including a buffet dinner. Act now, since there is a limited amount of tickets available. You may purchase your ticket for the closing party through this link.
Competitors note: You should not purchase your tickets here!
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The eight Helsinki International Ballet Competition will take place in Helsinki, Finland from 24 May to 2 June 2016. As in previous years, the competition will be hosted by the Finnish National Opera, which offers excellent facilities and a stunning backdrop for the competition. A total of 88 ballet dancers from 24 countries, within five continents, have been accepted into the competition.
The list of competitors http://ibchelsinki.fi/en/competitors-2/
Helsinki International Ballet Competition, founded by Professor Doris Laine-Almi in 1984, is regarded as one of the most distinguished and qualified ballet competitions in the world. The established reputation has reached the top-level dancers around the world.
– The high quality and the large amount of the applicants positively surprised the Selection Committee, and therefore a number of skillful dancers did not advance to the competition. Still it is wonderful to notice that the Helsinki Ballet Competition is so highly respected and many young dancers from all over the world choose to apply to the event, Asta Lindholm, Secretary General, says.
From the first round to the Finals and Gala
The competition begins with five days of preliminary and semi-final rounds held in the Almi Hall, with the best dancers advancing to the finals on the main stage. During the various rounds, dancers perform both classical repertory and modern dance. The event culminates with the Gala and Awards Ceremony on June 2 with performances from the winners.
In addition to fame and glory, the winners will be awarded prizes worth 80,000 euros in total. The main prize in the Helsinki International Ballet Competition is the Jane Erkko Grand Prix, worth 15,000 euros.
The previous competition took place in 2012. Kenneth Greve, Artistic Director of the Finnish National Ballet is the Chairman of the international jury.
Finnish dancers accepted to the Ballet Competition
Category juniors, age 15–19: Sara Antikainen (Finnish National Ballet, Youth Company), Katariina Hietala (Finnish National Opera Ballet School), Atte Kilpinen (Finnish National Ballet, Youth Company), Viola Länsivuori (Finnish National Opera Ballet School), Ella Puurtinen (Vaganova Ballet Academy, St. Petersburg), Heidi Salminen (Pirkanmaan Tanssiopisto) and Erika Vilander (Finnish National Opera Ballet School).
Category seniors, age 20–25: Suvi Honkanen (Finnish National Ballet), Maria Martyanova (Hungarian National Ballet) and Tuukka Piitulainen (Finnish National Ballet).
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Helsinki International Ballet competition offers a unique chance to train with international teachers in the exciting and inspiring atmosphere of the ballet competition.
The two-day intensive course will be organized at the Finnish National Opera from 28.5.-29.5.2016. The course consists of ballet classes on both days. The participants will have a chance to follow the preparations of the competitors behind the scenes. The participants are entitled to free entrance to Training Tomorrow’s Dancers dance medicine conference in the Almihall from 1 June until 2 June 2016, 8:30 am – 4 pm daily.
The instructor of the classes is the exquisite Nina Ananiashvili, artistic director of State Ballet of Georgia, primaballerina of Bolshoi Ballet and a Jury member of the Helsinki International Ballet Competition.
The course is aimed at over 14 -year-old dance students with at least 5 years of previous training in classical ballet. The total amount of participants is limited to 50 students. The participation fee is 200 euros.
Apply via this link by 15 March 2016
A confirmation letter with more information will be sent to the dancers selected to the intensive course by 15 April 2016.
Jane Erkko Grand Prix, worth of 15 000 €, is the top award of the competition. The Grand Prix is named after Mrs. Jane Erkko who was a great friend of ballet and a member of the International Ballet Competition board.